Joel Sherman of the New York Post has some interesting items in today's column so let's dive in..
- The Dodgers reportedly have interest in acquiring the Phillies' Chase Utley and one NL executive sees it happening, just not necessarily this month. “I know everyone has [Robinson Cano] going to the Dodgers as a free agent if the [Yankees] don’t get him signed up, but I would put it at 90 percent that Utley ends up there,” said the exec. He reasoned that the Dodgers, who have to sign Clayton Kershaw to a $200MM+ deal soon, may not be all that bullish about Cano since they aren't as flush with cash as people believe and they have learned that collecting mismatched expensive star players isn't necessarily the way to go. The exec went on to predict that the Dodgers will offer Utley something like a three-year, $45MM deal this winter. As for the Dodgers and Cano, we learned yesterday that the club doesn't want to do long-term contracts beyond age 36, which could limit Cano to a six-year offer if they decide to get involved.
- The Marlins fire sale appears to be panning out well for the club, even if it was done for the wrong reasons. Miami now looks better not just from a financial standpoint, but also when it comes to talent. The Hanley Ramirez deal brought them Nathan Eovaldi and the blockbuster with Toronto imported Adeiny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, and well-regarded minor leaguers Jake Marisnick and Justin Nicolino. The Marlins’ rebuilding might be going quicker and better that the Mets' rebuilding. As one AL source told Sherman, ignore who made the deals and just realize, “they made good baseball trades.”
- After the Indians gave Michael Bourn a four-year, $48MM deal and the Nationals dealt one of their top prospects for Denard Span, Yankees GM Brian Cashman told Sherman that Brett Gardner was in their class, if not better. Right now, Gardner is outperforming both players in OPS and has a significant lead in WAR (2.8).